Back in 2014, Plymouth was one of the first cities in the UK to replace all its street lights with LED units, making it a landmark project.
Offering valuable consultancy, Schréder worked closely with Plymouth City Council to ensure the project met certain key objectives:
- future-proofing against energy price rises
- significantly reducing CO2 emissions and maintenance costs
- implementing a lighting scheme with aesthetic day time appeal
- increasing personal security and road safety for residents.
We delivered more than 29,000 LED luminaires over an 18-month period.
The project had both functional and decorative aspects and we expected to have to work with two or three companies to fit the brief, but Schréder’s tender was above and beyond anything we have received previously and met all of the requirements.
The product mix included Ampera Midis for main distribution roads; Ampera Minis for residential roads; Albany lanterns for the city centre; Hestia lanterns for the seafront; Abbeys for park lighting and, a functional light with a decorative feel, for pedestrian walkways in the city centre.
The new lighting has reduced the light pollution while increasing the sense of safety thanks to the improved colour rendition of the LEDs.
It was predicted that the new LED lighting scheme would lead to a reduction in Plymouth’s annual energy consumption from around 17GWh to 5GWh - a saving of more than £1 million a year.